Bottle drive raises money for water bottle filling station, recycles trash

Group of students with bags of tracs.
Students in Teegan Kennedy’s class collected recyclables for their school-wide bottle drive. The students plan to recycle bottles and cans to raise money for a water bottle filling station at GIS.

Students in Teegan Kennedy’s fourth grade class spent some time before spring break cleaning up  school grounds and lower field between Goshen Intermediate School and Scotchtown Avenue Elementary School.

The class tackled the wooded area at the bottom of the hill and recovered trash and recyclables, including cans,  bottles, pencils, pens, wrappers, and even toys. Goshen Intermediate recently kicked off its school-wide bottle drive, where students have been recycling plastic bottles and aluminum cans in order to raise money to purchase a water bottle refilling station for Goshen Intermediate School.

Through Hannaford’s Clynk program, students package their collected items in the provided recycling bags, scan them, and then money is deposited into an account. According to Kennedy, the bottle drive will continue indefinitely, and the drive was very successful in just its first week with 41 bags of recyclables collected so far. Kennedy’s students play an integral part in the bottle drive, helping to tag, distribute and consolidate the recycling bags.

In addition, Ermin Siljkovic, recycling coordinator from the Orange County Department of Public Works Division of Environmental Facilities and Services, visited students to teach them about recycling and help kick off the bottle drive.